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A method to assess the population-level consequences of wind energy facilities on bird and bat species

February 3, 2017

For this study, a methodology was developed for assessing impacts of wind energy generation on populations of birds and bats at regional to national scales. The approach combines existing methods in applied ecology for prioritizing species in terms of their potential risk from wind energy facilities and estimating impacts of fatalities on population status and trend caused by collisions with wind energy infrastructure. Methods include a qualitative prioritization approach, demographic models, and potential biological removal. The approach can be used to prioritize species in need of more thorough study as well as to identify species with minimal risk. However, the components of this methodology require simplifying assumptions and the data required may be unavailable or of poor quality for some species. These issues should be carefully considered before using the methodology. The approach will increase in value as more data become available and will broaden the understanding of anthropogenic sources of mortality on bird and bat populations.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2017
Title A method to assess the population-level consequences of wind energy facilities on bird and bat species
DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-51272-3_4
Authors James E. Diffendorfer, Julie A. Beston, Matthew D. Merrill, J.C. Stanton, M.D. Corum, Scott R. Loss, Wayne E. Thogmartin, Douglas H. Johnson, Richard A. Erickson, Kevin W. Heist
Publication Type Book Chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Index ID 70176606
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Geosciences and Environmental Change Science Center